We act for automotive manufacturers, motor dealerships and suppliers to the automotive industry. We also act for insurance and warranty providers, roadside recovery businesses, parts distributors, businesses involved in motor racing and high performance vehicles, automotive member organisations, fleet operators and their suppliers.
We advise on a broad range of legal matters affecting the automotive industry including commercial contracts, funding finance, franchise agreements, consumer credit, leasing and hire agreements, finance and security arrangements, dealer agreements (including the effect of domestic legislation and EU requirements on such arrangements), joint ventures and different company structures, intra-group lending, trade parts agency agreements, employment matters, outsourcing, litigation (including manufacturer’s liability, supply of goods and services, health and safety, regulation, trade descriptions and warranty matters), restitution, business recovery, IT systems, data protection, licensing, brand protection, designs and spare part exemptions, defamation and property matters.
We have extensive experience of acting for the automotive industry and understand the challenges that face the industry including the need to be at the forefront of developments, to increase sales and profitability and to effectively manage its cost base.
Many of our fee earners have undertaken secondments within automotive sector clients which means that we are able to understand first-hand the issues faced by clients within the sector and which makes us adept at providing innovative and commercial solutions with the goal of keeping our clients ahead of the curve.
You’ll be surprised who we advise. Our clients include:
We have proven experience of advising motor dealerships and directors as their business interests grow and flourish (and when facing economic pressures), including advising on dealership acquisitions and disposals, franchise arrangements, funding expansion, property development, funding stock, supply chain contracts, shareholders agreements, restructuring and redundancies.
We understand the importance of a fast response, the demanding management of supply chains and the need for certainty of costs and flexible payment terms.
Our clients include:
For Supply Chain Networks
We advise many businesses supplying the motor sector and manufacturers, these include:
Our clients include:
What Clients Say About Us
"TrustFord has worked with Howes Percival for over 15 years now and their proactive legal advice has been a constant support in helping us to develop our business and achieve our success.Their specialist lawyers have acted seamlessly as an extension of our business in managing the property portfolio and commercial matters for our 65 UK-wide dealerships. Response times are quick,we receive good value for money and, vitally, Howes Percival share with us our purpose of driving the standard in customer care, our principles of honesty and integrity, respect and care, and our ambition to be the envy of our competitors, to stay ahead in a changing world, be recognised as the benchmark in all our operations and to grow and retain the best people."
Stuart Mustoe, Finance Director of TrustFord
“We have used Howes Percival since we started our business just over 10 years ago. Since then Howes Percival have helped us at each important moment in our development to a business that now has a turnover of more than £150 million. Most recently Howes Percival helped us to negotiate and agree a complex agreement that has seen us become the sole supplier to Kia for all their new and used vehicle activities, including port side handling, PDI, inspection, refurbishment and storage requirements. Their focus and knowledge of our sector together with their commercial and pragmatic approach delivers, for us, a first rate service.”
Stephen Hucklesby, Chief Operating Officer, Paragon Automotive Limited
“Howes Percival provides legal advice and support across our business, including the recent acquisition of our new build dealership within the Interchange Retail Park in Bedford. We have built a great relationship with the team and they continue to demonstrate a deep understanding of our business and our sector which translates into commercial, friendly and fast advice when we need it and proactive guidance, which only comes from appreciating the bigger picture within the automotive and motor retail industry. Based on our experience of working with them over a number of years I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Howes Percival.”
Jon Pochin, Managing Director, Motorvogue (Northampton) Limited
If you would like to speak to a member of our Automotive team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our lawyers listed on this page.
[*Source: Automotive Messenger published by Grant Thornton in Jan/Feb 2016 p17 and ** p18]